Best Books to Read For Ages 41 – 60

Best Books to Read For Ages 41 – 60

Oh boy. Now we’re getting up there in age. Hey, 40 is the new 20 these days, right? Let’s dive right in and see what picks we had this week for readers 41 to 60.

Age 41

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Let’s start your 40’s with a good belly laugh. Comedian Amy Poehler shares poems, pictures, short stories, and lists that are dynamite! When you see a book with chapters like, “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” you know it is going to be good.



Age 42

Wonder, by RJ Palacio

Wonder tells the story of a kid with a rare facial deformity that is enjoyable for both kids and adults alike. Auggie’s positive attitude will motivate you to be positive too! 




Age 43

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

There is no better feeling than the one of accomplishing a goal. Whether that is climbing the highest mountain in the world, or finally publishing a novel, Into Thin Air will give you the motivation to do so.




Age 44

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Memoirs can be a good way to get your mind going and think about aspects of your life you are grateful for. The Glass Castle has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over seven years and counting. If nothing at all, watch the movie and you’ll see why.



Age 45

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Road trip! Whistling Past the Graveyard is a coming of age story that is perfect for anyone in the mid 40’s.





Age 46

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Take a look back into the past. The Help is the story of how a black maid and a white socialite come together to write a book of what it is like to be black in the south in the early 1960’s.




Age 47

Stretching by Bob Anderson

Stay fit and healthy as you are reaching the end of your 40’s with Anderson’s infamous bestseller, Stretching. In this edition, you’ll find stretches you can do in the office!




Age 48

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in the Time Quintet Series that tells the tale of brother and sister Meg and Charles going back in time to find their father who mysteriously disappeared. For a children’s book, it is more complicated than you think! 



Age 49

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

Losing sleep cause you’re worried about this being the last year before you hit over the hill? Not to worry. Huffington explains what’s going on with society’s relationship with sleep, the sleeping pill industry, and more. She’ll break all of that down for you and offer some tips on getting a good night’s rest.



Age 50

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (1) (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King

Feel a mid-life crisis coming on now that you’ve reached over the hill? Time to have a bit of fun and get a car! Just don’t let the master of horror Stephen King scare you off with his must-read book, Mr. Mercedes. 




Age 51

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Rubin had an epiphany one day and decided to dedicate a year to what she called her “happiness project.” In her book, she shares wisdom and lessons that are helpful in any age of life.




Age 52

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Sometimes reading a book as an adult that you read as a child gives new meaning to the book. Give The Giver a second chance now that you’ve lived a fulfilling life.




Age 53

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a grumpy, yet loveable old man. When a young couple moves next door, their daughter brings out something in Ove that none of the neighbors thought possible. Don’t be an Ove. You’re only 53.




Age 54

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

“I will not play at tug o’ war.

I’d rather play at hug o’ war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs…”

Silverstein’s poems are enjoyable at any age!

Age 55

Bossypants by Tina Fey

For a big belly laugh as you edge closer and closer to retirement, read Bossypants. Enough said.





Age 56

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son walking through America. As they look at the devastation of the country, the future seems bleak, but their attitudes remain positive. A surprisingly good to book to fuel a meditation session.



Age 57

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

After a serious novel like the one above, you’re due for one of the funniest books Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is a satirical novel full of greed and hypocrisy that, by now, you’ve probably encountered plenty of similar scenarios.



Age 58

Corn-Fed: Cul-de-sacs, Keg Stands, and Coming of Age in the Midwest by Melanie LaForce 

Reminisce about your first day at camp, first job, and first love with LaForce’s memoir, Corn-Fed. If you live in the midwest or know someone who does, you’ll probably be able to relate to LaForce.




Age 59

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Go out like a bang and spend your last year in your 50’s just as Jay Gatsby would. Enjoy a year of treating yourself and spending time with people you love. What more could you ask for?




Age 60

The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

One of the finest dramas in America theater is the Pultizer Prize-winning playwright, The Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman is in his 60s, reminiscing about his past 34 years of being a failing salesman. He decides to take one final brave action, but will it fulfill his dream or be one more disappointment? 

What do you think? What books did you enjoy at these ages? Let us know in the comments!

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